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Thanks for the info everyone.
On Nov 8, 2019, at 8:18 AM, Robert Bell via Groups.Io <ionhoss@...> wrote:
The early "fix" for the motors was to give a shot of straight 12v to the motor. I found this to be at best, a temporary solution. Since I didn't have a layout for many years, it wasn't a problem. But, when
I started my layout two years ago, it was worse. When, I disassembled the loco (again), and applied the 12v, the best the motor would do was maybe 1/2 speed with wisps of smoke rolling out. So, I called Blackstone.
IF you have issues with the motor, contact Josh at BS. For $29.95 (a year and a half ago) I got the replacement motor with the optical censor AND gear box assembled. You will have to remove the boiler, and
a couple of screws to replace the assembly. Honestly, removing the boiler is the toughest part of the process.
Attached are pictures of the motor assembly. Good luck!
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